In our most recent Safari Times articles I’ve introduced you to the Record Book staff. These dedicated individuals led by Gabe Paz handle the day-to-day business of the Record Book and World Hunting Awards.
At this moment they are busy planning for the Record Book booth at convention and the 2020 Night of the Hunter event, which is held Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Peppermill ballroom. The emcees this year are Jim Shockey and Alain Smith, so be prepared for lots of fun.
Celebrating Hunter Pride is the theme and we will be recognizing our members who have participated in Record Book and the World Hunting Awards programs. This year’s awards include 20 members who have qualified for the 4th Pinnacle of Achievement, 11 qualified for the Zenith, 10 for the Crowning Achievement, six for the World Hunting Award Ring, and two for the World Conservation and Hunting Award. These awards represent years of dedication to hunting and conservation. Congratulations to all of our recipients!
Don’t forget that immediately after the Night of the Hunter banquet the second annual Hunter Pride After Party will begin. It was very well received last year and this year promises to be even better. Come join your fellow hunters for a beverage or two.
The other component of Record Book is our volunteer committee, which is comprised of some of the most qualified, knowledgeable and passionate hunters I know. They have achieved many of the awards mentioned above as well as top industry recognition. There are sub-chairs for each of the six huntable continents and they are responsible for approval of all entries. The committee also continually reviews the World Hunting Awards program to reflect the current hunting situations worldwide. Some recent changes include:
- Lion has been moved from silver to gold in Animals of Africa Inner Circle
- North America caribou milestone will now include free range reindeer and will be the World Caribou/Reindeer Milestone.
- A new scoring method for Walrus (13NT) was approved for walrus with more than two tusks.
- Asian Water Buffalo will be split into two categories based on where taken.
As you can see, this is a very busy committee with countless hours volunteered.
I thank the Record Book Committee for their hard work and dedication.
Please stop and say hi to Gabe and his staff at the Record Book booth. They will be happy to help with any questions you may have.
I look forward to seeing everyone at Reno 2020 and Celebrating Hunter Pride!!!--Jeff Meyerl, Record Book and World Hunting Awards Chairman